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G20 Saudi Arabia: The 2020 Riyadh Summit

Edited by John Kirton and Madeline Koch
Published by GT Media and the G20 Research Group, 2020

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Saudi Arabia welcomes the world
John Kirton, Director, G20 Research Group

Leaders' views

In pursuit of collective well-being
Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister, Italy
Towards a new international architecture
Alberto Ángel Fernández, President, Argentina
Co-operation in exceptional times
Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil
The path beyond the pandemic
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President, Turkey
Building back a better world after COVID-19
Charles Michel, President, European Council
A force multiplier for the global economy
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India
Working for a better future
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, United Kingdom
In the face of the virus
Xi Jinping, President, People's Republic of China
In the aftermath of the pandemic
Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa
How to overcome human security crises
Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister, Japan
Promoting a win-win approach
Joko Widodo, President, Indonesia
Leaders' views
Comments from the G20 leaders that reflect their opinions on the agenda and work of the G20

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Guest leaders' views

Post-COVID investments
Pedro Sánchez, President, Spain
Dealing with a new reality, leaving no one behind
His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of Jordan

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Guest regional organisations

From reaction to recovery
Abdulrahman Al Hamidy, Director General and Chair of the Board, Arab Monetary Fund
Confronting new challenges
Bandar M H Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank Group

Editor's introduction

The world is watching
John Kirton, Director, G20 Research Group

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People-centred health systems

G20 performance on health
Meagan Byrd, G20 Research Group
Health in the spotlight
Tawfig Al Rabiah, Minister of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ending the pandemic requires G20 leadership
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
The beginning of the end – within our grasp
Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Health is wealth
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS
G20 pandemic politics in a global risk society
Ilona Kickbusch, Co-Chair, UHC2030, and Founding Director, Global Health Centre

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Opportunity in the global economy

G20 performance on macroeconomic policy
Jane Filipiuk, G20 Research Group
A united front against COVID-19
Mohammed A Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Bold action to build back better
Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Finding unanimity on substantial change
Interview with Larry Summers, Charles W Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University
How COVID-19 has affected the world's financial markets
Interview with Robert Fauver, Former US G7 sherpa
We still have far to go
Interview with Dennis Snower, President, Global Solutions Initiative
Cooperation: the foundation of a resilient global financial system
Randal K Quarles, Chair, Financial Stability Board, and Vice Chair, US Federal Reserve
United in action
Chiara Oldani, University of Viterbo 'La Tuscia', and Pietro Maffettone, University of Napoli Federico

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Global solutions to tax challenges

G20 performance on international taxation
Michael Motala, Director of Tax Analysis, G20 Research Group
Tax and digitalisation: the need for a multilateral response
Pascal Saint-Amans, director, Centre For Tax Policy and Administration, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Supporting employment

Safeguarding the world of work
Ahmed Al-Rajhi, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Employment-focused recovery
Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization

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Cooperation on trade and investment

G20 performance on trade
Maria Marchyshyn, G20 Research Group
G20 performance on entrepreneurship and SMEs
Stéphanie Bussière, G20 Research Group
On common ground
Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, Minister of Commerce, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Reducing impacts on trade
Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary-General, World Customs Organization
Treatment for global ills
Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Trade policy: fleshing out the COVID-19 response
Simon J Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St Gallen, Switzerland

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Tourism: a force for good

Ambition and adaptation: a vital year for tourism
Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A new route forward
Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, United Nations World Tourism Organization

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Towards gender equality

G20 performance on gender equality
Julia Kulik, Director of Research, G20 Research Group
Pathways for a gender-responsive recovery
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women
Opportunity in every crisis
Alfred Hannig, Executive Director, Alliance for Financial Inclusion

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Scaling up sustainable development

G20 performance on development
Sonja Dobson, G20 Research Group
A critical moment
Interview with Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

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21st-century education

Working together for education continuity
Dr Hamad Mohammed Al-Sheikh, Minister of Education, Saudi Arabia
Multilateralism after COVID-19: a necessity, not a choice
Audrey Azoulay, Director General, UNESCO

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A healthy world

G20 performance on climate change
Brittaney Warren, Director of Compliance, G20 Research Group
Collective efforts on common interests
Abdulrahman AlFadley, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Nature: our greatest ally
Inger Andersen, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
Demanding decisive leadership on climate action
Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Executive Secretary to the UNFCCC
Steps to protect our planet
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

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Securing the food supply

Cultivating food security in the age of COVID-19
Gilbert F Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
A dire need for substantial action
David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme

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A cleaner energy supply

G20 performance on energy
Ella Kokotsis, Director of Accountability, G20 Research Group
Fuelling a new energy era
His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A time for extraordinary leadership
Francesco La Camera, Director-General, IRENA
Cooperation and commonalities
Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary-General, OPEC

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Enabling the digital economy

G20 performance on the digital economy
Meredith Williams, Senior Researcher, G20 Research Group
The power of digitalisation
Abdullah A Alswaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Technology infrastructure

G20 performance on infrastructure for development
Mary Zelenova, Senior Researcher, G20 Research Group
Finance for strong foundations
Interview with Marie Lam-Frendo, CEO, Global Infrastructure Hub
Satisfying diverse financing needs
Interview with Marcos Troyjo, President, New Development Bank

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Combatting crime and corruption

G20 performance on anti-corruption
Denisse Rudich, Director, G20 Research Group London Office
Elevating the global anti-corruption agenda
Mazin bin Ibrahim AlKahmous, President, Saudi Arabian Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority
Uprooting corruption around the globe
Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General, INTERPOL
Lead by example
Marcus Pleyer, President, Financial Action Task Force

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A stronger system

Collectively facing COVID-19 and climate change
Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada
Using data to improve compliance
Jessica Rapson, Senior Researcher, G20 Research Group

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